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Faculty, staff innovation rewarded with Minnesota State grants

Several MSUM faculty and staff members’ innovative ideas were chosen as finalists to receive funding for projects based around diversity, equity and inclusion. These projects included small seed (up to $10,000) and large seed ($25,000) categories.

Sculpture class brings abstract art downtown

MSUM's Advanced Sculpture class created a twisted sculpture that was set on its pedestal outside the Plains Art Museum, where it now sits until 2024. 

Finding Opportunities in Nursing

Joan Justesen enjoyed a 43-year career in healthcare thanks to degrees (BSN ’83, MBA ’90) she earned at MSUM. Now she supports the next generation of nurses.

Serving the Best & Brightest

Dennis Dahlen earned his MBA at MSUM in 1986. Now he is CFO at one of the most recognized health care institutions in the world.

Soaring Research Leads to National Honor

MaryJo Nelson, ecology and film major, received the Goldwater Scholarship for her research and continues to combine her passion for science and film in nontraditional ways. 

Graphic design student wins multiple ADDY awards for capstone project "ReYou"

Mysha Wenzel received several ADDY awards from the 2022 North Dakota American Advertising Federation's Awards (AAF-ND) show.

Graphic design student wins ADDY awards for capstone project “Washington Golds”

Nicholas Loock received several ADDY awards from the 2022 North Dakota American Advertising Federation's (AAF-ND) Awards show.

Giving Back By Paying It Forward

President Anne Blackhurst wants to recognize MSUM’s Executive Mentorship Banquet for their focus on what’s really important, which is how our students have been changed by their college experience and how they’ll use their education to make important contributions to their professions and communities.

Steve Scheel honored with L.B. Hartz Professional Achievement Award

Steve D. Scheel received the L.B. Hartz Professional Achievement Award because he has created economic opportunities for others through innovation, entrepreneurship and community service.

School psychologist, professor receives lifetime achievement award

Dr. Margaret (Peg) Potter, a professor in MSUM’s psychology department, has recently received the Lifetime Achievement award for her dedication to the betterment of school psychology.

Alumni Center Groundbreaking

Dragon alumni will soon have a place of their own. A groundbreaking ceremony for the long-awaited MSUM Alumni Center will be in April 2022. In addition to serving as the anchor for alumni returning to campus, the center will provide space for students and community members to interact.

Dragon Alumni Inspire Pride

While success didn't come overnight, Dragon alumni Troy Nelson and Katie Lorenson accredit their recent career success to MSUM.